Bravium Anderson Valley Chardonnay 2019
September 7 and 13, 2019
10 months in French and Hungarian oak (18% New)
90 Points - “The 2019 “Anderson Valley” bottling of Chardonnay from Derek Rohlffs at Bravium is a lovely example of the vintage, offering up a nicely ripe and vibrant bouquet of peach, apple, fruit blossoms, a fine base of soil and a gentle foundation of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied, complex and nicely peachy in personality, with a fine core of fruit, zesty acids and fine focus and grip on the long and juicy finish. This is very tasty right out of the blocks, but has a good spine of acidity and should have no difficulties aging gracefully.” – John Gilman, View From the Cellar
Valley Foothills Vineyard rests in the heart of Anderson Valley where the morning marine layer battles with afternoon warmth and sun. The Chardonnay in this bottle is grown in two blocks planted to Dijon selections. The cool nights at Valley Foothills Vineyard allow acidity to be retained during ripening. The resulting wine is intense, with lively fruit flavors and a lengthy, saline-tinged finish.
Favorable conditions at the start of the growing season – specifically bud break and flowering – in Anderson Valley were followed by uneventful weather throughout the year, saving a small dose of late rain in May. Steady, even ripening allowed harvest to occur at precisely the right time, without any heat spikes. I am fortunate to be growing grapes in such close proximity to the Pacific Ocean and its moderating influence. Grape yields were above average and quality was exceptional in this temperate vintage.
This vivacious wine reflects the perfectly-sited vineyard where it was grown. Pale-gold in color, with fresh lemon and tropical fruit aromas, clove spice, exotic white flowers, and saltwater taffy. Opens with lemon meringue and apple pie flavors, with a lightly creamy mid-palate and medium-plus acidity. This Chardonnay is fully realized, deftly walking a tightrope balanced between generosity and elegance. Persistent and complex flavors – with a transparent soil signature – linger on the finish of this delicious wine.